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Matt Damon Plans to Continue Writing Screenplays With Ben Affleck

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By TheBlast Staff on July 23, 2021 at 12:31 AM EDT

Ben Affleck seems to be on quite a reunion tour, after rekindling his romance with Jennifer Lopez. That reunion may not be the most important one that Ben has gone through recently. At least it probably won't be the most lucrative.

What could help Affleck keep piling up cash is his partnership in writing screenplays with BFF Matt Damon. Damon is really hoping that they don't stay too far apart!

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What Do They Have In The Works?

Matt Damon and Jodie Comer seen on set of the Last Duel in Ireland

Damon is set to star in the period film, "The Last Duel". The project features Ridley Scott in the director's chair with Jodie Comer, and Adam Driver making up the bulk load of the main characters in the story. Ben Affleck also has a role in the movie, but for the life of us, we couldn't find him in the trailer!

The movie is based on a book by the same name. Quick tip, don't Google it if you don't want to read spoilers! Affleck and Damon collaborated in writing the screenplay and Damon, thinks this will the first of many upcoming projects!

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Why Damon Is Thinking That The Two Will Work Together Again

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez

Damon recently had a sit-down with Entertainment Tonight. Where he talked about his experience working with his pal Affleck again. He detailed how much fun they had had while doing so. He also compared this new writing experience with the one that they had back in the late 90s when they wrote Good Will Hunting. Damon is banking his hopes though that they'll write together again in the future on one main issue, speed!

"I think we'll write a lot more in the future just because it didn't turn out to be as time-consuming as we thought."

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The Years of Making Movies Has Taught Them A Thing or Two


Damon went on to talk about how they've picked up a structure of screenplay writing that allows them to work much faster. Recalling that when they wrote Good Will Hunting, they didn't have a lot of experience in the business. They ultimately ended up writing thousands of pages that had to be essentially condensed to make the movie. Damon mentioned,

"You know because we didn't really understand structure so we wrote thousands of pages. ... We'd be like, 'Well, what if this happened?' and then we'd just write different scenes,"

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A Sign Of Things To Come

quot Stillwater quot Red Carpet - The 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival

One key element that Damon probably failed to mention, about why they were able to move so fast, is the fact, "The Last Duel" is based on a book. Obviously, all they had to do is adapt some of the source material into a screenplay. That should take a lot less time than writing an original story. There's a chance then that if this project goes well, the duo will be looking for more stories to adapt and churn out more movies. It makes sense, do less work and earn the same amount of cash. Did it take him 30 years of making movies to find that out? Come on Matt, who are you trying to fool? The movie, though, does look like it has a ton of potential. So their new method may work out!

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